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If America had a Mecca, and it happened to be for people who take their music as strongly as their religion, then Bonnaroo would be that place.
And Bonnaroo 2013 is going to be absolutely, positively, undisputedly AMAZING.
This year’s lineup for the most epic festival in American history was released yesterday. Fans worldwide taking to Manchester, TN for the four-day musical cyclone that encompasses everything wonderful about life, will be treated to a wide array of musical talent. Year after year, the festival never ceases to provide awesome jamming collaborations between artists, but its musical diversity has grown immensely since originally conceived as a folk rock festival.
Some of the most notable headliners this year include:
• Paul McCartney
• Mumford & Sons
• Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
• Pretty Lights
• R. Kelly
• Wu-Tang Clan
• The National
• The Lumineers
• Passion Pit
• Kendrick Lamar
• Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Situation Superjam
• ZZ Top
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
• Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes
• A$AP ROCKY
• Wolfgang Gartner
• Gov’t Mule
• The Gaslight Anthem
• Portugal. The Man
• Billy Idol
• Porter Robinson
• The Tallest Man on Earth
And awesomely ironic, also the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who recently shared the Grammy stage with creole pianist, Dr. John – the man who coined the term that gave the festival its name.
Defined as “having a great time,” Dr. John’s headdress is a pretty good indication that he likes to “Bonnaroo.”
And I know you all do as well.
Bringing together some of the most diverse party people in the world, this year’s festival is expecting upwards of 80,000 people per day over the weekend June 13-16th. While first priority tickets are already sold out, the second round is set to go on sale this Saturday, February 23, at 12:00pm EST.
For $234.50 plus other applicable fees, you can treat yourself to a weekend to tell the grandchildren about. While the announced headliners are quite remarkable in their own right, I can assure you there will be some surprise appearances that will do nothing short of blow you away, too.
Also, a great platform for emerging artists, you’re practically guaranteed to literally stumble across some great unheard of artists.
Case and point, 2011 – now multiple Grammy winners, Mumford and Sons, joined by TFM Hall of Famers, Old Crow Medicine Show, with one of the most amazing renditions of “Amazing Grace” ever heard.
Almost brings a tear to my eye reminding me how much I love this damn country.
Get yourself to Bonnaroo, guys. Do it for yourself. Do it America.
The full Bonnaroo 2013 lineup can be found here.